John, a married man for over 30 years, just won the Lottery. Happily, he asked his wife, “What will you do with half the winnings.” She abruptly said, “I’d leave you and get out of here!” He said: “Good, here’s twenty-five dollars …good-bye!”
What makes us laugh? Is there a trigger deep within us, say our subconscious mind that holds the keys to turn on laughter? Actually, a good number of people are afraid of knowing the Truth, especially if it relates to them. Then again, people don’t realize it until uttered humorously by a comedian or a down to Earth joke. Think upon this the next time you laugh—what ignited that laugh?
My daughter showed me a picture of her new plant she started from an avocado pit. I’ replied “Great. You’ll have to find a mate in order to get fruit from the plant …good luck.” She replied, “A mate? No one prepared me for this.” I responded: If you want fruit it takes two.” She replied: “How do I know which are male and female?” I told her to look under the leaves.
What’s funny for you may not be funny for me. That’s the paradox challenging comedians. When they go “On-Stage” everything is up for grabs: the audience can chuckle or patiently sit there with a grumpy face waiting for the next line.
Something within definitely touches the “Key” for laughter. If you ever watched Laurel and Hardy, you see Stan slowly build a case to climax a complicated reaction from Oliver. Then watch how aggressively Oliver responded to Stan. Didn’t Stan catch something, a curiosity, within you? Were you not ready to witness Oliver’s reactions and then laugh? That kind of comedy was a literal science. Whereas, the Three Stooges constantly got you under their skin and kept you laughing at their absurdities.
The Truth is the Truth: there are no variations except for one’s perceptions of Truth. On that premise, let’s say that when a comedian dishes out a joke or sense of humor, as it applies to the beholder, a deeply sensitive aspect of Truth has been touched. And in most cases, a giggle or laugh would follow as an acknowledgment in response to the joke or humor. The key, or trigger, relates to touching or activating the Truth of something that you hold. A bold example would be someone standing up and yelling out “I LOVE SEX!” during a Sunday morning church sermon. You’d probably get an immediate awe of silence, then get grunts, and probably followed by laughter. Why, because deep inside, members of the congregation hold a Truth about sex and that was triggered. If anything, many would laugh quietly.
Laughter is quite real. The ultimate laughter occurs when tears start rolling down from your eyes. Laughter is healthy. It makes you feel good; it’s like drinking an emotional cleanser which cleans many psychological blocks. Laughter create social bonding, a sense of joy, and when the laughing becomes still, it can offer you a moment for reflection. But most important, laughter serves as an emotional equalizer. Once triggered laughter continues until you balance your thoughts, feelings and purpose. It helps you better understand yourself, your beliefs and your feelings.
Laughter is also contagious. While sitting in a group or audience, a laughter chain-reaction could be ignited— a roar of laughter easily follows. With this being all said and done, best to welcome the opportunity to trigger laughter more accessible. Break down your emotional barriers and beliefs that block that special key from igniting some fun and good laughs.
But the real attribute behind laughter embraces its healing power. Yes, laughter is healing. You’ve often heard: “Laughter is the best medicine.” In a nutshell, laughter provides some of the healthiest treatments for the body from acting as a pain killer, ridding depression to reducing blood pressure. Check out this link…
Spontaneous laughter radiates joy and excitement for Life. You can even force laughter upon yourself. Yes, try it! Look straight into a mirror and GRIN! Grin again. One more time…GRIN! Your face begins to change your attitude and emotions. Again …G-R-I-N …G-R-I-N …G-R-I-N …G-R-I-N …G-R-I-N . That mirror will never crack.
Children laugh a lot more readily than adults. So best hang around the little ones often, talk simply, listen carefully and you will find yourself joyfully laughing. Actually try …G-R-I-N-I-N-G with a child or a good friend.
So, is there truth behind the notion that laughter touches the essence of Truth?
Keep that SMILE!!
Dr. Robert V. Gerard
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-Dr. Robert V. Gerard
Robert V. Gerard brings 49+ years experience in Senior Management, Financial and Marketing. He currently serves as a Senior Partner within Green Way Pavements directing Financial, Marketing and Training Operations. Previously Dr. Gerard was the publisher of Oughten House Publications. He keeps a super positive attitude and enjoys presenting information to enlighten individual pursuits in both personal and business sectors. Dr. Gerard’s educational and professional qualifications include AAS (Associate in Applied Science) in Civil Engineering Technology; B.S. in Social Psychology; M.S. in Human Resources Management; and a, Doctorate in Metaphysical Philosophy and Spiritual Ps
Image: “Laughing Spirts” by Bernard Basley